63+36 roses, 2007
Action, Historical Park of Mount Sole, Marzabotto, Bologna, Italy

 

On my last year of university at the Fine Art Academy of Bologna I was invited to a workshop held at the Historic Regional Park of Mount Sole where in 1944 hundreds of innocent people together with part of the Brigata Partigiana Stella Rossa were slain by Nazi soldiers. This incredible place and the recounts of survived from 1944's events brought me to investigate the hill with a time based artistic action.

 

Action from 1pm to 7pm April 25, 2007
Base: top of the hill
Endpoint: bushes, not in bloom, at the bottom of the hill
63 red roses 36 white roses 99 numbered leaves bearing the message “follow me” in ink on tissue paper

Action: those who happen to spontaneously approach my spot on the hill are given a rose and a leaf. If they agree to come with me, they follow me to a thorny hedge at the bottom of the hill where they will then be asked to toss or plant or place their rose.

 

63+36 roses, 2007. Photographic documentation by Gianni Gosdan and screenshot from video documentation, April 25, 2007. Historical Park of Monte Sole, Marzabotto, Bologna, Italy.